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Serenity posted by bichen

reviews::movies | Sunday, Oct 2nd 2005, 02:43:45 PM

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usSerenity is a sci-fi movie with a little western feel. It follows the short lived TV series Firefly which was created and written by Joss Whedon. It has gotten a shitload of press because Joss Whedon fans, and Firefly fans are pretty rabid.

The movie takes place in the future, in a world where the Alliance controls most of the empire with the exception of "Reavers". Reavers are a large group of insane people who frequently raid places, grab people alive and take their time to rape and feast on those they capture. The main cast is the crew of Serenity, a spaceship. The crew of Serenity are outlaws who do random illegal jobs. On their ship are the Tams... River and Simon. There's something strange about River though and the Alliance wants her. Badly...

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I've never actually seen the TV series though I've heard it's quite good. The movie itself stands by itself and I actually thought it was very good, MUCH better than the recent Star Wars episodes.

The acting was good enough that I was never distracted by poor acting (like it was in all the Star Wars). The special effects and action were good as well. I enjoyed how the story line unfolded though I'll have to admit the ending is in some ways climactic and anti-climactic.

The one thing I was told about Joss Whedon's style is that his humor (something grave is said and a nonchalant reply is given back) is funny but it gets repetitive. And yes I've noticed this through the movie. You see a few instances of it in the preview and a lot of the movie has moments like that. But in the scope of the movie, it worked.

And the other thing I'll applaud Joss for is his willingness to do things to his characters. I won't say anymore because it'll be a spoiler. What happens will definitely have a much bigger impact if you watch the TV series. I didn't so I had to ask "Did he do what I thought he did?"

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oh really?
Sunday, Oct 2nd 2005, 05:30:38 PM

Anime Geek
Posts: 374
from the preview it looked sorta cheesy, especially with the chinese letters in the background of the title hahah. hmm well i guess you cant judge it by its preview.
i gotta go see this when i get a chance
Monday, Oct 3rd 2005, 02:36:49 AM

Chemical Superfreak
Posts: 1503
gotta support this movie. BTW, I loved the series and would probably watch the movies no matter what just to see what the Reavers look like.
yeah it's pretty good
Monday, Oct 3rd 2005, 02:43:20 AM

head dork
Posts: 4964
it's not like gonna be the end all of movies like the fans of firefly will tell you it is, but it's pretty good.

it's better than the previews make it look. the previews make it look horribly cheesy.

as for the chinese and japanese i think the basic story is in the future the alliance is an alliance of the americans and chinese or something like that.

there's a lot of chinese/japanese lettering.


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